Food for free!

Food for free.

I've raspberries in the garden damsons on a tree, blackberries in the hedgerow I love the food that's free.

There are mushrooms in the meadow sweet chestnuts in the wood, if you roast them in hot cinders they taste so blooming good.

A neighbour leaves tomatoes in a bag outside the door, with a note just to remind me to ask if I want more.

I give eggs laid by my chickens in return I get green beans, courgettes and bright red peppers, a feast fit for a Queen.

I have jam in shining jam jars all rowed up on a ledge, made from fruit all growing wild along a hedge.

I have chutney made from apples from the orchard out the back, I went to pick a couple and came back with a full sack.

And then there are the marrows we get them by the ton, If you tell someone you like them you'll never get just one!

I love the herbs just waiting to be made into a sauce, rosemary and mint to go with lamb of course!

Parsley by the handful sage and bay leaves too, thyme will wait for no man so go and pick a few.

And there is something special about picking food yourself, so much better for you than from a supermarket shelf.

A bit of local barter and you can fill your store, with local fresh grown produce who could want for more!

©Jan Millward.